HUDSON — The house was so rotten the neighbors could smell it.
Deputies were called to a Hudson home Thursday to investigate a possible case of child neglect where three children under the age of 18 were said to be living in unsafe conditions. This is what investigators saw, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report:
The outside of the home was covered with decaying garbage and furniture.
There were four dogs and 22 cats living inside the home.
The ammonia levels from animal urine "were double what is safe for humans to be exposed to," the report said.
The inside of the home was dark and cluttered. "Trash, animal feces, clothing and bugs" covered the floor so thickly it was difficult to see the actual flooring. There were "animal feces in the bathroom sink along with an abundance of flies," the report said.
Every wall had scuttling cockroaches and spiderwebs.
There was no refrigerator in the house. There was a freezer in the house "but it only contained jelly, ketchup and a small amount of ice cream," the report said.
Child protective investigators removed the children from the home, the Sheriff's Office said. The home's address as well as the children's ages were not disclosed by authorities to protect the identities of the children.
Robert J. Given, 39, and Ginger N. Fike, 41, were charged with child neglect.
Fike also was charged with failing to appear in court on a charge of failing to vaccinate her pets.
Given, who listed his occupation as a paramedic for a private ambulance service, also has a case awaiting trial on a charge of accumulation of junk and debris, according to Pasco court records. His trial is set for July.
He remained Friday in the Pasco jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. Fike is being held without bail.
Erin Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6229.